nature lab presents the work of six british artists at the london design fair 2016 nature lab presents the work of six british artists at the london design fair 2016
aug 26, 2016

nature lab presents the work of six british artists at the london design fair 2016


the london design fair 2016 will showcase ‘nature lab’  – a presentation of work by six british artists who have developed radical new techniques to transform everyday substances such as wood, sand, salt, clay, flowers and ice into objects of wonder. 

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joseph harrington




the six makers in ‘nature lab’ are eleanor lakelin, emily gardiner, jochen holz, joseph harrington, marcin rusak, and marlène huissoud.


french-born and british based designer marlène huissoud – who comes from a family of bee keepers – had utiilised insect resin through traditional venetian glassblowing and engraving methods to create a glass-like material. this approach challenges industrial waste materials in order to to create future craft artefacts, which presents an alternative solution to commonly used fabrics. marcin rusak takes a similar approach by showcasing the beauty and subtlety of the natural world by suspending flowers in black resin. the project uses this material by translating it onto different surfaces to create a collection of delicate furniture products which echo the ephemeral quality of the natural world.


‘nature lab’ is presented by crafts council and the new craftsmen and will show as part of the british craft pavilion at london design fair from 22– 25 september 2016.

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emily gardener 

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eleanor lakelin 

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‘from insects’ marlène huissoud

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jochen holz

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‘flora lamp’ marcin rusak

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‘flora screen’ marcin rusak




designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


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